2023-2024 / LROM0177-2

In-depth history of French literature in Belgium


45h Th

Number of credits

 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in French and Romance languages and literatures : French as a foreign language (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Benoît Denis

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

  • a) Methodological introduction : the notion of literature. Outline of the sociocultural situation of the countries of the Francophony. Introduction to the «gravitational model».
  • b) History and evolution of the French-speaking literature of Belgium, in its relationships with the french and belgian societies : centrifugal phase (1830-1920), centripetal phase ( 1920-1960 ), dialectical phase ( 1960-2003).
  • c) Specificities and constants of the French-speaking literature of Belgium.
  • d) Présentation of important events and questions of the French-speaking literature of Belgium.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, the student will be able:

  • To use the institutional approach of the literary fact as a conceptual framework to think of the relationships between the peripheral French-speaking literatures and the Parisian center;
  • To correlate the cultural facts and the social facts;
  • To apply to singular objects the overview of the situation of the French-speaking literatures of the North which will have been given to him;
  • To implement a thorough knowledge of the French-speaking literature of Belgium and its history.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is desirable that the student possesses a good knowledge of the history of the modern French literature as well as the main lines of the political, social and economic history of Belgium.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- A list of readings.

  • Charles De Coster, La Légende d'Ulenspiegel, Livre I, 1867.
  • Camille Lemonnier, Happe-Chair, 1886.
  • Marie Gevers, La Comtesse des digues, 1931
  • Madeleine Bourdouxhe, La Femme de Gilles, 1937.
  • Dominique Rolin, Les Marais, 1942.
  • Georges Simenon, La neige était sale, 1948.
  • Conrad Detrez, Les Plumes du coq, 1975.
  • Jean Muno, Histoire exécrable d'un héros brabançon, 1982.
  • Caroline Lamarche, Le Jour du chien, 1996.
  • Aïko Solovkine, Rodéo, 2014.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

J.-M. Klinkenberg et B. Benis, La littérature belge. Précis d'histoire sociale, Bruxelles, Labor, 2005. This book contains a detailed bibliography of the main references in the concerned domains. A list of compulsory readings is supplied (available via «My ULg»).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course, the readings and the examination are exclusively in French.



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